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London-based curator, writer and broadcaster visits Augusta University to discuss her BBC film, ‘Treasures of Indus’

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London-based curator, writer and broadcaster Sona Datta, PhD, will be a visiting scholar at Augusta University this week and participate in a free screening of the first series of her BBC film “Treasures of the Indus: Pakistan Unveiled” on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus.

As an expert in South Asian heritage, Datta was invited to Augusta University by the Morris Eminent Scholar in Art Anila Quayyum Agha. Following the free film screening of “Treasures of the Indus: Pakistan Unveiled,” Agha and Matthew Buzzell, an award-winning filmmaker and professor in the Department of Art and Design at Augusta University, will host a Q & A with Datta.

“Dr. Datta was the head of South Asian art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. There she extended the museum’s world-renowned 20th-century modernist photography and painting collections to include the best contemporary art referencing South Asia,” Agha said. “The Essex Museum was the first museum to put my work on permanent display, and it’s been fully up since 2016 in a designated room. That was a big deal for me.”

Read more: https://jagwire.augusta.edu/london-based-curator-writer-and-broadcaster-visits-augusta-university-to-discuss-her-bbc-film-treasures-of-indus/

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Israel-Hamas war impacts Venice Art Biennale

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The Venice Biennale, which runs this year from April 20 to November 24, is one of the world’s most prestigious international art shows. It is also held alongside the Documenta in the German city of Kassel.

The lagoon city will once again become the center of the international art world in the coming weeks and months. Over 800,000 art lovers made a pilgrimage to the previous Biennale held two years ago, and two-thirds came from abroad, a new record.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/israel-hamas-war-impacts-venice-art-biennale/a-68806799

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How a Florence art-gallery curator is defending Michelangelo’s ‘David’ from parodist slings and arrows

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Michelangelo’s “David” has been a towering figure in Italian culture since its completion in 1504. But in the current era of the quick buck, curators worry the marble statue’s religious and political significance is being diminished by the thousands of refrigerator magnets and other souvenirs sold around Florence focusing, as often as not, on the David’s private parts.

The Galleria dell’Accademia de Firenze’s director, Cecilie Hollberg, has positioned herself as the David’s defender since her arrival at the museum in 2015, taking swift aim at those profiteering from his image, often in ways she finds “debasing.”

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-a-florence-art-gallery-curator-is-defending-michelangelos-david-from-parodist-slings-and-arrows-50356498

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Remembering Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art curator and art scholar

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Anne Bromberg, a respected art scholar who worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as a lecturer, educator and curator for nearly six decades, died Dec. 8, 2023, at her home in Highland Park, according to her obituary.

She was 87.Bromberg was named curator emerita at the DMA in 2020 after serving as the curator of ancient and Asian art. She started at the museum in 1962 as a lecturer and became the head of the education department in 1975. In 1989, she moved into a curatorial role where she became a key player in developing the museum’s Asian holdings.

“I think Anne really opened a vista for those of us living in Dallas in those years of the ‘70s and ‘80s at the art museum with her,” said Gail Thomas, co-founder and former director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and founder and former CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2024/03/27/remembering-anne-bromberg-dallas-museum-of-art-curator-and-art-scholar/

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